Archive for April, 2013

Regulation (EU) 365/2013 (OJ:L111/27/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance glufosinate

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance glufosinate.
Legislative background
The active substance sodium glufosinate was included in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant protection products on the market, under the condition that further confirmatory information on the risk for…

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Regulation (EU) 375/2013 (OJ:L112/15/2013) approving the active substance spiromesifen, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance spiromesifen, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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The procedure and conditions of approval in Directive 91/414/EEC,…

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Regulation (EU) 356/2013 (OJ:L109/18/2013) approving the active substance halosulfuron-methyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance halosulfuron-methyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 355/2013 (OJ:L109/14/2013) approving the active substance maltodextrin, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance maltodextrin, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 369/2013 (OJ:L111/39/2013) approving the active substance potassium phosphonates, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance potassium phosphonates, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 348/2013 (OJ:L108/1/2013) amending Annex 14 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

This Regulation amends Annex 14 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), by adding eight substances that are not to be placed on the market or used after a certain date, unless an authorisation has been granted.
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Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 provides that substances…

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Peter Andre in the midst of mysterious radioactive leak

As heartthrob Peter Andre was filming new scenes for his smash TV series “Peter Andre: My Life” near the Dungeness B power station in Kent, little did he know that the plant was spilling a radioactive material called tritium.

The source of the leak is a mystery, however an investigation has been launched to find the source which has seen levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, rise above normal.

The Office of the Nuclear Regulator, which is part of the Health and Safety Executive, said inspectors had found tritium levels of around 850 Becquerels per litre during routine water monitoring in three boreholes around the site since October 2012 – eight times higher than the level at which the Environment Agency would normally step in.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the three boreholes where the tritium was found were not close to any drinking water sources.

The owners of Dungeness B, EDF Energy said, “The environmental impact is negligible and there is no risk to the public or our employees. We take our responsibilities to the environment very seriously. Work is well underway to resolve this issue.”

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Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations SI 2013/645

These Regulations come into force on 11 May 2013 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They are made in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and impose duties on employers in the healthcare sector to protect employees from injuries caused by medical sharps in order…

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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Supplementary, Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order SSI 2013/121

This Order came into force on 1 April 2013 and applies to Scotland only.
It contains supplementary, transitional and saving provisions in order to facilitate a smooth transition from the current police and fire and rescue services structure to the new arrangements established by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act…

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Chemical firm fined for multiple incidents

An international chemical firm, Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for multiple incidents which put them in breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 1995/3163.

Chester Crown Court heard of three incidents involving safety at Tata Chemicals in 2010. The first incident involved an employee who suffered severe burns when their right foot fell through a missing part of metal grating which exposed them to a toxic liquid at temperatures of 95°C.

The second incident happened six months after, when a dangerous gas was released resulting in high levels of carbon monoxide in the area of the plant where employees were working. Investigations found that employees didn't have enough practical training for the activity which caused the gas leak and the emergency procedures were inadequate.

Then, in November 2010, a worker was injured when part of the gantry they were walking along gave way due to corrosion. When the HSE inspector visited the factory, they discovered the company had failed to report another part of the grating on the same walkway collapsing two days before the incident.

Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd was fined a total of £100,750 for six offences and was ordered to pay £71,082 in costs.

HSE inspector Gill Chambers said, “A company the size of Tata Chemicals should never have allowed these incidents to occur, and the lives of its workers were put at risk as a result. The general conditions we found at the plant were extremely poor. Some of the gantries were in desperate need of repair after becoming badly corroded and the practical training for staff was also inadequate, meaning they did not take appropriate measures in emergency situations.

“The chemical industry has the potential to be extremely dangerous so it’s vital that firms like Tata Chemicals make health and safety their top priority. Unfortunately, the company fell way below acceptable standards on multiple occasions.”

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